On a recent Galapagos tour I explored Las Grietas. I discovered that there is more to see than what meets the eye! Secret Swimming Hole There is a hidden swimming hole nestled between two cliffs, where saltwater from the ocean mixes with rainwater to form a stunning turquoise pool. The turquoise-green water set against the [...]
Getting to Las Grietas and Playa de los Alemanes (German Beach) is very easy. In fact, you’ll pass the beach on your way to Las Grietas. These are excursions that anyone can take – without needing a national park approved and trained guide. It is a great way to spend a few hours exploring independently. Here’s how [...]
Las Grietas is one of the few places in the Galapagos that you are allowed to head out on your own (no naturalist guide) and go exploring. The hike is beautiful and the swimming is amazing. Learn more about Las Grietas. Getting to Las Grietas is pretty straight forward. Traveling from Puerto Ayora (the main [...]
Las Grietas is definitely worth a visit while on Santa Cruz Island. Just a short hike from the town of Puerto Ayora the water is crystal clear and refreshing. A solid set of steps will take you down to the water level. If it is a sunny day, count on seeing a few other groups. The brackish water [...]
We passed this old cactus on our way to Las Grietas – a great swim spot on Santa Cruz Island. These prickly giants can live up to 200 years and are quite impressive to see in real life. As they age, the truck changes appearance from a cactus to more of a tree truck, complete [...]
On the hike to Las Grietas (one of the coolest places you’ll ever swim) you’ll pass by a fairly large lake. In the rainy season, it is full of water. But in the dry season it drys out and the salt is harvested for a number of uses. Learn more about the Galapagos Salt Lake.
On our way to see Las Grietas on Santa Cruz Island in The Galapagos we walked by an unusual looking lake. It had a lot of algae floating in it, which looked kind of like large blobs of broccoli soup. When we asked Bolivar (our Tour Leader) about it he told us that it was [...]
While exploring the Galapagos Islands we went on an excursion to a place called Las Grietas on Santa Cruz Island. Las Grietas is one of the places in the Galapagos that you do not need to have a Naturalist Guide to visit. We went with Bolivar because it was our first visit and we didn’t want [...]